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Last Updated: Monday, 10 July 2006, 10:24 GMT 11:24 UK
World Cup quotes of the week
Sven-Goran Eriksson
I wonder how much Inter pay?

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"Ninety minutes before a game there is not much a coach can do. You can't talk to players, so you sit drinking tea."
Sven-Goran Eriksson neatly sums up his five-year reign as England coach.

"He's obviously lost his marbles."
BBC pundit Alan Shearer on the moment of madness from Zinedine Zidane in the World Cup final.

"Materazzi really put on a great show when he fell down - we know how these things work."
France coach Raymond Domenech on the innocuous tap from Zidane that would have floored Mike Tyson.

"The warrior's last act of madness."
How Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper described the moment when ZZ blew his top.

"You can't play crap for five games and still expect to go through. But for 120,000 a week, they should be able to take ******* penalties."
Watford president Sir Elton John sums up the mood of the nation, speaking during a concert in Bournemouth after England's exit to Portugal.

"I walked into Sainsbury's with my girlfriend and people were coming up to me and saying: 'Well done'. All I could think was: 'Well done for what?' We hadn't done anything.
Rio Ferdinand reflects on England's dismal World Cup performance during his weekly shop.

"Zidane can decide a game. When the ball goes to his feet it doesn't cry - when it goes to my feet it cries."
Portugal manager "Big Phil" Scolari before the semi-final with France, when Zidane's feet again did the talking.

London and Bardalino
England or Italy? Tough choice

"I could have played for England."
Italy's World Cup winner Simone Perrotta (Simon Perrot to his mates), who was born in Ashton-under-Lyne. Just what England fans needed to hear.

"One thing I always remember is that it was grey and raining in Ashton." Perrotta again - you can't really blame him for leaving.

"I feel relieved because we needed a happy ending to this story. I feel it's taken the sting out of the World Cup."
Comedian David Walliams after completing his cross-Channel swim for Sport Relief.

"I want to have him forever."
New Real Madrid President Roman Calderon brings David Beckham a piece of much-needed cheer.

"I've got the passion but no idea of tactics - I'd be like a black Kevin Keegan."
Ian Wright stakes his claim for the England job.

"I will aim for Lehmann's head. It either falls off or the ball goes in."
Argentina's Carlos Tevez reveals his penalty technique before the quarter-final with Germany. Sadly, he never got the chance after two team-mates missed in the shoot-out.

"It will be interesting to be in the Manchester United dressing room at the start of next season."
John Terry's take on the Rooney-Ronaldo row.

"We are super happy! We have to deliver ourselves to God and on the day God was Portuguese."
Portugal goalkeeper Ricardo on that penalty shoot-out.

David Beckham with Jennifer Lopez and Beyonce Knowles
Poseur? Moi?

"David Beckham is a total poseur."
American goalkeeper Kasey Keller gives his verdict on the departing England captain.

"We didn't deserve to lose that game. We didn't lose but we lost on penalties. It was the biggest delusion because I was convinced we could play in the semi-final, maybe the final. Big, big delusion. I am sorry. I am sorry for you, for the players, for the fans. They deserve something better. I tried to do the best I could."
Departing England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson helps himself to a large slice of humble pie, not to mention a tasty pay-off.

"I think that you, much more than me, need Wayne Rooney. He is the golden boy of English football, so don't kill him."
Eriksson pleads for clemency from England fans after Rooney's red card against Portugal.

"Money isn't everything in life. I need to have sunshine, to wear shorts, to go to the beach, and I get all that in Portugal."
Luiz Felipe Scolari sees the benefits of staying on as Portugal coach.

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